My Worldcon 2012 Schedule

I’ll be at Worldcon in Chicago this year, from Friday (8/31) night to Monday (9/3) morning. This will be my first Worldcon, so I’m suitably excited.

My official schedule:

Sat 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Columbian KK#3

Sat 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
New Writers Session 4

A panel for new and debut authors to discuss their work and careers. Michael R. Underwood, Stina Leicht, Ken Liu, D.H. Aire, Teresa Frohock

Sun 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
The Legal System as Plot Device

Sometimes the legal system is integral to the plot, for instance Alfie Bester’s Demolished Man, Philip K. Dick’s story that gave rise to the movie Minority Report, etc. When the legal system (or a part of it) is essentially a “character” in the story, what are the challenges? How “credible” must it be? How do you create a plausible legal system? How much of the system do you need to create/expose? To the extent that it greatly differs from what the reader is accustomed to, do you have to provide a rationale for it, or can you just provide it as a “given”? This would seem to be a good panel for authors who have used the legal system as a plot device. (I’d be interested in moderating this one.) John Hertz, Cynthia Felice, Ken Liu, Sean Mead, Gregory Rihn

If you have any ideas for the panels I’m on and what I should be talking about, let me know.

Hope to see you all there!